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Root River Report

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The following information is the latest fishing information for the Root River in Racine. We will post new information to this site every TUESDAY or WEDNESDAY at 4:00 pm from September through December and from March through May. We will also update the number of fish processed at the Root River Steelhead Facility to give you the exact number of fish passed upstream. Depending on water conditions and number of fish in the weir, fish are usually processed on Mondays and Thursdays.

In addition, you can check out our Lake Michigan Outdoor Report for the latest fishing information on Lake Michigan and Green Bay.

Root River Steelhead Facility

Lake Michigan trout and salmon don't successfully reproduce in Wisconsin streams, so DNR gives Mother Nature a hand. Watch fisheries crews collect eggs and milt from spawning fish to create the next generation of steelhead to challenge anglers on the big pond.

Root River Fishing Report for May 16, 2016

Fishing pressure on the Root River has been very light and went down during the week due to recent rainfall and decrease in water clarity.

For up to date river conditions, check out the USGS web site of stream flow conditions [exit DNR]  in Wisconsin.

Fishing Information

Fishing pressure on the Root River is way down, with most anglers targeting smallmouth bass or suckers. One angler reported seeing a few steelhead in the river, but the water clarity then went way down with last week's rain. Bait of choice was primarily worms with a split shot and hook. This will be the last report for the Root River until September.


Root River Steelhead Facility Report

DATE: April 11 2016 RIVER TEMP: 46
  Rainbow Trout Chinook Salmon Coho Salmon Brown Trout
Total Captured 1,353      
Passed Upstream 1,293    


Taken to Hatchery        
Spawned at Facility


Egg Take

Chambers Creek - 874,000

Ganaraska - 1,044,000

Last revised: Monday May 16 2016